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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February 2019

  • 7 February 2019

Julie Hogan WITS Chair spoke about women in STEM on Phoenix FM Radio on Monday 11 February 2019 at about 10 am as part of the celebrations for UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The day aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women and girls in science. Participation rates of women and girls are still low with 30% of researchers worldwide women and about 36% in Ireland (UNESCO, 2018) and about 30% of female students selected STEM courses with fewer in ICT, maths & stats and engineering. Being seen and heard matters yet only 12% of screen characters with a STEM related job are women (Geena Davis Institute, 2015).

This year the theme is Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth and it supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goals which focus on gender equality and the environment.

You can read more about it at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science website, the UNESCO website supporting the day and the UN Women’s website focuses on the day as well.

Videos to watch include Why Support Women and Girls in Technology and a video on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with Katherine Jin.

References:

UNESCO Institute of Statistics. (2018). Women in Science. UIS Fact Sheet No. 51. Montreal, Canada: UIS, 2018. . Retrieved from http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/fs51-women-in-science-2018-en.pdf. /

Geena Davis Institute. (2015). Gender Bias without Borders. Retrieved from https://seejane.org/symposiums-on-gender-in-media/gender-bias-without-borders/.